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Two Men Arrested, Police Draw Guns After Miami Airport Brawl
Two men have been arrested and are facing a number of charges after a brawl inside Miami airport.
Miami police say it all started when an unruly passenger tried to take an airport transport cart from an employee. Airport staff called the police and the passenger proceeded to get into a physical confrontation with officers who were called to Gate H8 for the report of a large group.
Mayfrer Serranopaca, 30, has been charged with battery on a police officer, resisting an officer with violence, and inciting a riot. He is currently being held on a $29,500 bond.
Alberto Yanez-Suarez, 32, of Odessa, Texas, is accused of grabbing and pulling officers who were arresting Serranopaca. He faces charges of battery of a police officer and resisting an officer with violence. He has posted bond, according to multiple media outlets.
The incident, which was caught on camera and now viral, shows an officer attempting to restrain Serranopaca amid a crowd of people. The two somehow got separated, and that’s when police say Serranopaca charged at the officer.
The officer eventually breaks free and draws his gun.
An arrest affidavit obtained by Local 10 reveals one officer was reportedly “struck multiple times by other unknown passengers,” adding the officer “drew his firearm and pointed it in the direction of the incited crowd” fearing his safety.
According to police, there were no serious injuries reported.
Serranopaca, who was on his way to the Dominican Republic to visit his sick mother, was treated on the scene after complaining of arm pain and feeling ill. A responding officer was also treated after he was reportedly bitten on the head by Serranopaca.
As the number of unruly passengers increases in airports, the federal government has begun looking at ways to crack down on these individuals.
Most recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the TSA are considering revoking TSA Precheck privileges from unruly passengers.
Under TSA PreCheck, travelers usually get through the screening process faster as they are not required to remove their shoes, laptops, belts, or light jackets when going through security screening.
The two agencies said they will begin to work together by sharing information to help locate and identify unruly passengers.
“This partnership with FAA will ensure the safety and security of all passengers and hold those who violate federal regulations accountable for their actions,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske stated.